A group of scientists from Japan has developed a new elastic and waterproof solar panels that can be widely used in the production of so-called smart clothes equipped with various sensors. The article describing the invention was published in the journal Nature Energy.
The researchers used organic polymers as an active layer in panels. To protect them from water and oxygen, the elements were coated with a polymer called parylene.
To make the panels elastic, scientists covered their main part from both sides with a pre-stretched acrylic elastomer. After the production, this elastomer took its original size, while the active part of the panel acquired a wavy structure on the inside and folded. According to the creators, the obtained prototypes can be stretched by more than 50% and immersed in water but the panels may partially lose their effectiveness.
The test of the panels showed that their efficiency isn’t that much – 7.9%. However, even this number allows using these panels to power the health monitoring sensors that can be built into clothes.
Via: Nature Energy
Easter is an important holiday. For religious people, it is a crucial milestone. For people, who do not go to church, this is the day when you are off, enjoy the family time, and eat delicious food. Easter is traditionally celebrated in April, although, as we all know, it tends to move and change. [...]
Plants support the life on Earth, so they are integral to our ecosystem. Therefore, it is not surprising that Plant got a day of their own. April 13 is the plant day when people give each other potted plants, grown fruits, vegetables, and seedlings. Moreover, some people share lifehacks and tips on [...]
12 April is when California will burst out with music. This will be the hot place for the following week. The Coachella festival is the Coachella music which is actually one of the most profitable and well-known festivals in the whole world. This year some of the most famous artists that will [...]
Do you own a pet? If yes, then great news for you because on 11 of April, we celebrate the Pet day. A lot of people today will share their experiences of how they adopted or helped animals and provide reasons as to why it is always great to have an animal who finds you valuable and truly loves you. [...]
Health is one of the most precious gems we should have. Being healthy means you are able to enjoy your life to the full extent. This is why it is so important to make sure you eat, sleep, drink, and, in general, live healthy. Did you know that today is the world health day? On this day, a lot of [...]